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of the union address, the issue of gun control. mr. obama demanded that congress act swiftly, and he did so by creating an emotional backdrop. >> in the chamber, there were more than two dozen americans whose lives had been torn apart by gun violence. president obama acknowledged their loss and told america that they deserved a vote. >> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek and tucson and blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. >> the president spoke for about an hour and covered a wide range of topics. he called for immigration reform and said he is pulling 34,000 troops out of afghanistan within a year. he also announced the formation of a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in america. and the president made clear his second term priority is increasing our employment, not shrinking the debt. >> deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. a growing economy that greats good middle class jobs, that must be
our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible, and
tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage tea
goes front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks at the white house. house members will tackle the very issue on capitol hill. tracie potts joins us with a preview of that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that hearing is being held by the house judiciary committee controlled by republicans. some of whom want to make sure the border is secure before we put immigrants on a path to citizenship. that's been the focus of president obama and it will be the focus today when he meets with a number of different groups at the white house, business leaders, labor leaders, civic groups to talk about how do we deal with the 11 million people who have been living, many of them for years, in this country illegally. also today he sent secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano, to the border to take a look at what needs to be done there. she was in san diego yesterday, she'll be in el paso, texas, today. >> very big issue for leaders. >>> nbc news contained a memo that contains legal justification for drone strikes on u.s. citizens. the document says the gove
. the court will hear the case march 26th. >>> what will president obama do? will he get involved with the debate? mr. obama has stated that same-sex couples should have equal rights. when asked whether he will take a position in the high court case, the president said only that the solicitor general was looking into it, and he had no further comment. >> employees in the south bait need your help to identify a serial bank robber linked to five heists starting january 8. since then he's robbed four other banks, the latest on tuesday in santa clara. they're releasing surveillance photos of him in action hoping someone will recognize the man. he's described being about 35 with a muscular build. three of the branchs were wells fargo branches and they're offering rewards leading to the man's arrest. at what the cost, clean-up? the city of san jose is shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to take care of its continuing problem with homeless encampments. damian trujillo uncovered that how much the cash strapped city is pouring into this problem. >> it is a lot of money and it's going
-bye. secretary of defense leon panetta, president obama praised him for helping to take osama bin laden. he has not announced when his last day in office will be. it's expected to be late last week. >>> and just because she's not a lion, she can't brag. the proud parent of a little lion king brought the littlest one out for all to see. look at my baby, isn't he adorable? the first time the three cubs were able to get out since they were born two weeks ago at an ecological preserve two weeks ago. said the little lion, hakuna mutata. a little "lion king." two cycling sic siblings just l. >>> wouldn't it be great if one of these storms didn't live up to the hype? insane what's going on in new england. not it. another storm on the map this one right across the midwest, already blizzard warnings for nebraska, northward to the dakotas and portions of minnesota. may not be millions of people in the path of that one, significant travel impacts for friends in the midwest. and watch out in texas, severe astorino. >>> and good saturday morning to you. most of the bay area waking up in the 30s. very chill
obama took his bush for tougher gun control laws to minneapolis today. a city they used to call murder-apolis back in the '90s before an aggressive push there to curb gun violence brought the homicide rate down with juvenile violent crime rates also dropping sharply. the president is calling on congress to pass that expansion of background checks, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and a ban on new assault weapons. >>> a lot of americans have read the book called "american sniper," written by former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle, often referred to as america's best and deadliest sniper during his war-time deployments overseas. chris kyle was killed this weekend in texas after he and a friend took a troubled fellow marine veteran for an outing at a shooting range. we get the story tonight from nbc's jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: as a navy s.e.a.l. sniper in iraq, chris kyle was so feared, the enemy called him the devil of ramadi and put an $80,000 on his head. >> it gave me pride knowing i put fear in the mind of the terrorists and made them fearful of me. >> tragically, it was ba
and deficit reduction exactly one week ahead of his state of the union address. president obama is juggling a full plate of proposals on guns and immigration. homeland security secretary janet napolitano on monday toured border security operations in san diego. >> we are committed to making sure this sector and the entire southwest border remains secure. >> reporter: a key piece of the president's plan for immigration reform that allowed estimates 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the u.s. to earn citizenship. on monday he took his push for tougher gun laws to minneapolis, the city known as murderopolis in the mid '90s, before a crackdown sharply reduced the violence. >> weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools or threatening our law enforcement officers. >> reporter: against the backdrop of those officers, president obama urged supporters to call on congress to act. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> reporter: while both sides largely agree with a need for expanded background checks, reinstating the assault weapons
sheen to mrs. obama's bang. the chilling package loaded with bullet holes he sent anderson cooper. >> alerted law enforcement. >> then who's on christopher dorner's hollywood hate list? and our f.b.i. profile goes inside the mind of an accused cop killer. >> this guy wants to go out, guns blazing. super storms, sequel. could it be the worst blizzard in history? >> the weather channel's stephanie abrams is with us. how bad will this storm be? >> this storm will be epic. >> plus, the travel nightmare. who won't make it to this weekend's grammys? now trending, lil' kim, is that really you? her shocking, almost unrecognizable new face. and crazy new video, selena gomez's fans jumping inside her car. then a.j.'s on the road with bon jovi for a new a-list interview. from his preshow rituals. >> touches a picture of frank. >> to his closed rehearsals and -- >> i would vote for this guy. >> is he planning a run for office? plus, mario versus maria. who had more bloopers this week? >> "extra," "extra"! [captioning made possible by warner bros. domestic television distribution] >> hey, welc
. thanks. to washington, where 3rez obama's choice for defense secretary remains in limbo. chuck hagel's nomination so hold for a week while congress is in recess. what's all the drama involving this vote? david gregory is moderator of "meet the press". good morning. >> good morning. >> a republican standing against his nomination here. i think we're used to republicans standing up against the president. why in this case which it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he will eventually get through? >> a lot of republicans don't like him. don't take my word for it. that's what john mccain said on thursday, saying there's a lot of ill-will over republicans over hagel's criticism of president bush and iraq and the surge and all the rest. and as a result they're jamming them up. i don't think it ultimately keeps him from being defense secretary. but it does weaken him, as well as his own performance at his confirmation hearing, which left a lot of people disappointed as well. >> and there is some discussion that this delay might allow his opponents to have more ammunition against him. any
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